This lesson charges students to take on gun control policy, a topic that our legislators have grappled with since the Federal Assault Weapons Ban expired in 2004.
As mass shootings in the United States increase in frequency and schools expand efforts to keep students safe, this proposed bill asks students to consider how assault weapons should be regulated. Should background checks be required for gun purchases? Should assault weapons be banned? How should the rules apply to those who already own assault weapons? Students take on these questions and more as they consider S.2095, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2017.
Use this lesson plan to explore the issue and prepare to conduct a Senate debate on a related bill.